Why go all the way to the Caribbean when we have the Isles of Scilly on our doorstep? You can sail to the Isles of Scilly with a First Class Sailing holiday that departs and returns from Falmouth in Cornwall - come and enjoy cruising this archipelagic gem.
The Scilly Isles is one of the UK’s most closely guarded secret places – some will tell you that it is as beautiful as many distant places they have been – the others keep quiet in the hope that they can keep it all to themselves. It’s no wonder holidays to the Scilly Isles are growing in popularity.
But why settle for a run of the mill holiday to the Scilly Isles when instead you could join us on a 9 day sailing trip. With around 150 islands and only 5 inhabited, the wildlife makes exploring this enchanting archipelago set on the edge of the gulf stream a real delight, particularly when doing so by boat!
The mild gulf stream climate, pristine white sandy beaches, flower covered cliffs, crystal clear blue seas, little picturesque pockets of human habitation and unpolluted night skies make for a magical sailing holiday.
When you book one of our sailing holidays to the Isles of Scilly, you will start in the beautiful Cornish town of Falmouth, steeped in maritime history, then cast off to make the passage over to the Isles of Scilly. Stopping off for a night on the way or on the return in the peaceful Helford River (Frenchman’s Creek – Daphne De Maurier) is a must.
To sail to the Isles of Scilly from Cornwall is about 55nm, so you will have a good day's sailing from Falmouth to your holiday destination.
Your Isles of Scilly sailing holiday isn’t just about being on the water. Once there you can also explore on foot. There are beautiful coastal walks to be had; afternoon tea spots, pubs, and restaurants to be sampled; beaches to be combed, unspoilt anchorages to relax in; the famous Tresco Abbey subtropical gardens to meander around; and lots more.
The Isles of Scilly is home to some of the UK's rarest wildlife, including Atlantic grey seals, Manx shearwaters, and basking sharks. You will more than likely see dolphins and porpoises at some point on your Scilly Isles sailing holiday.
The five inhabited islands: Bryher, St Agnes, Tresco, St Martin's and Hugh Town on Saint Mary's all have a welcoming and relaxed air to them.
We have trips on two very different boats. One is more of a fully catered luxury experience.
The boat is a Beneteau Oceanis 411. A very seaworthy boat suitable for inshore, coastal, and offshore cruising. She has 3 double cabins plus a cabin with 2 bunks in. There are 2 heads and a comfy and spacious saloon and galley. You would be expected to get involved in all aspects on sailing the boat and life on board including cooking etc.
For a boat of her size, she has quite shallow draft making her ideal for exploring out of the way anchorages.
A Bruce Roberts 55 called Santosa. She is a ketch. There are 2 double ensuite cabins available on Santosa. There will be a skipper and mate/cook. In the past we have cruised the Norwegian Fjords and Lofoten Islands in Santosa. She is a great cruising boat.
The price of your sailing holiday to the Isles of Scilly on our Beneteau 411 is £1750 for the 8 night voyage and £2187 for the 10 night voyage and includes oilskins, berthing fees, fuel/gas.
The price of the trip 10 day trips on Santosa is £5300 per double cabin.
Food is included apart from 2 or 3 as we think you might like to sample the local fare ashore.
You should aim to join the boat in Falmouth at 7pm on the evening before the voyage starts. You can expect to be leaving the boat at midday on the last day.
As with all sailing holidays there is a risk that the weather will mean the intended destination has to be changed. In the unlikely event that we can't get to the Isles of Scilly for your sailing holiday there is some wonderful cruising to be had along the Cornish and Devonshire coastline.
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